Here are a few tips I’ve figured out.
Plan out Recipes ahead of time
Ladies, this is the time to hop onto Pinterest, and search it up. Find a bunch you like, and save them to a board. Then, go back and decide which are best with your specials in the area. This weeks list for me is as follows. I always like to get some recipes and look at how I can maybe change it up as I go.
|Zuppa Toscana Soup||http://www.cookingclassy.com/2012/12/zuppa-toscana-soup-olive-garden-copycat-recipe/|
|Slow Cooker Clam Chowder||http://thesuburbansoapbox.com/2014/02/21/lighter-new-england-clam-chowder/|
|Slow Cooker Pork Tacos||http://www.keepingyourcents.com/good-eatin-recipe-hop/|
|Slow Cooker Cheeseburger Casserole||http://www.dizzybusyandhungry.com/crockpot-cheeseburger-casserole/|
|Honey Glazed Baby Carrots||http://damndelicious.net/2013/11/25/honey-glazed-baby-carrots/|
|Garlic Roasted Potatoes||http://damndelicious.net/2014/07/23/garlic-parmesan-roasted-potatoes/|
|Honey Walnut Shrimp||http://damndelicious.net/2013/07/16/honey-walnut-shrimp/#nonCarded=1|
|Skinny Broccoli Salad||http://www.skinnymom.com/2011/11/22/skinny-broccoli-salad/|
Organize Your Grocery List
The worst thing that can happen is coming home and realizing you forgot that one key ingredient. A list is a guide to your store time, saving you time and potential grief. This is my weeks groceries (keep in mind, if you’re doing all the recipes I chose above, you may need a few more things. I chose these recipes because I already had certain things- like kale and potatoes)
|2 heads fresh broccoli, chopped||4 lb pork shoulder|
|1 head fresh cauliflower, chopped||1 lb chopped clams|
|1 Red Bell Pepper||1 50-count bag littleneck clams|
|1 Green Bell Pepper||1 lb italian sausage|
|1 Red Onion||Bacon|
|2 Tomatoes||1 lb medium shrimp|
|Fresh Parsley||1 lb lean ground turkey|
|2 Anaheim peppers||Dairy|
|Cilantro||Sharp Cheddar Cheese|
|1 Large Onion||Tricolor Slaw Mix|
|2 Celery stalks||2 Half & Half|
|Garlic Cloves||Low Fat Milk|
|Fresh Thyme||Shredded Cheddar|
|Russet or Yellow Potatoes||Boxed|
|1 1/2 lb Brussel Sprouts||12 Corn Tortillas|
|1 bag baby carrots||Cornstarch|
|Onion||3 (14.5 oz) cans Chicken Broth|
|1 Medium Tomato||Fresh Dill?|
Know the Specials
Sprouts, a great local marketplace around Denver provides a booklet of monthly specials, and another for weekly specials. Take advantage of these! Pick your recipe’s by what’s on sale or in season.
Boxed vs. Fresh
There are times to hit up your local super market and there are items you’re just better off at getting at the Superstore right down the road. I am weary of Walmart produce, but you cant beat most of their canned good or dairy prices. I know, I know, it can sometimes to be a bit of a chore to stop at two store in your grocery shopping, but your wallet will be thanking you.
- Canned Vegetable, Fruits, Tomatoes
- Chicken Breasts or Drumsticks (can be down to $1.99/lb)
- Dairy Products (Stick Butter, Milk)
Produce Store (I Use Sprouts out here in Denver):
- Specialty Cheeses
I just recently began pushing myself to do this, and trust me, it is worth it! First off, you can start budgeting weekly groceries by following your spending behavior. Now if you’re REALLY on top of things, log everything in a spreadsheet. It will allow you to see where you’re spending the most. I also keep receipts so I can remember any good deals from last week.